No point in saving this for the Monday links roundup: Twilight star Robert Pattinson is related to Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. The connection is through Pattinson’s genealogical link with the British royal family. (Of course! Everyone’s related to the British royal family!)
I’m always a bit torn as to whether goofy roots stories like this are good or bad for genealogy’s image. I suppose more than anything else, they’re a harmless diversion.
In related vampire bloodline news, fans of True Blood might want to take a look at the (fictional) genealogy of Sookie and the Comptons, gleaned from the novels by Loving True Blood in Dallas.